Therapeutic approach to hypertension during pregnancy

A. Lalkin, R. Loebstein, A. Addis, G. Koren

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QUESTION: Quite a few of my pregnant patients have hypertensive disorders. What is the threshold for treating hypertension during pregnancy? Which of the various antihypertensive agents are considered safe during pregnancy? ANSWER: Pharmacologic therapy could benefit mother and baby when diastolic pressure exceeds 110 mm Hg. Preeclampsia must be followed closely. Methyldopa (eg, Aldomet) and hydralazine (eg, Apresoline) are still the drugs of choice during pregnancy, although the safety and efficacy of calcium channel blockers and β-blockers appear well established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1247
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue numberJUNE
StatePublished - 1998


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